Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate
The University of British Columbia is a global center for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Like Capitol Debate, UBC has embraced innovation and encourages students, staff, and faculty to lead discovery and explore new ways of learning with the goal of developing leaders with ideas that can change the world. UBC faculty, alumni, and researchers have received seven Nobel Prizes, 69 Rhodes Scholarships, 65 Olympic medals and 208 fellowships to the Royal Society of Canada. The university has also educated three Canadian prime ministers.
At Middle School Debate Camp level, students will learn the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation, enabling them to develop core presentation and debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. Students at the High School Debate Camp level will work on effective public speaking and argumentation, allowing them to further advance their presentation and debate skills to prepare them for the real world. The camp offers students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment while having fun! Complete description »
*Cost covers tuition, room & board. Commuter program discounted by $600 and does not include breakfast.
Group rates available for community, church, international and school groups. Contact us at (800) 450-5012 for more information.
Cost excludes $47.50 charge assessed for safety regulations, local and federal governmental compliance. Please note that all program prices are subject to change without notice
Here's what they said about Capitol Debate's Summer Camps.
data from 2017 parent survey
Not only will Capitol Debate students learn new skills through our programs; they will feel an increase in self-worth, learn critical thinking skills and improve public speaking and communication skills with their peers. Two weeks at camp will result in lifelong friendships and memories that will resonate with our students throughout their academic, personal and professional careers. Campers return to our program year after year because of how life-changing our Summer Debate Camps prove to be. Our parents will tell you themselves that they proudly stand by their investment in Capitol Debate because of the impact it has had on their families.
I'm also thankful for all the staff's efforts and caring. We talked with our son every day and could see he was adjusting to the dorm life well with the caring RAs. Whenever I emailed Rachel, she replied to me right away with detailed information that I exactly needed. I also appreciate the nurse for taking care of our son when he had a nose bleeding (due to seasonal allergy) several times during the first few days of the camp. Certainly Capitol Debate camp provides experience and education that students cannot have from their school.
This camp was a really good experience. If your wondering if you should sign up or not, you’ll wonder why you questioned signing up after camp is over. These 2 weeks here helped me learn a lot and was overall an excellent camp to go to.
The camp was challenging and very beneficial. My daughter not only learned a great deal, but she made treasured friends from around the globe!
I became much more independent and mature in these two weeks than what I normally would have in two months. You have so much fun in the dorms that you don't have time to miss your family. Camp is an awesome and epic experience!!
We have two boys who attended camp for several years and have not only had a blast but come home each time as better men. They are growing up before our eyes and have gained confidence, independence, communication & writing skills and a love for debating. They work hard & play hard. They have lots of freedom in a safe environment and have maintained several friendships outside of camp. The various extracurricular activities (sports, movies and field trips) make for a nice balance & provided them with the break they needed.
The middle school camp was an excellent introduction to debate. The staff, programming, and college campus facilities were top notch. As a parent, I also appreciated the great ethnic and geographic diversity of the students.
Great introduction to public speaking, overcoming nerves, and gaining confidence. Our daughter amazed us at her final debate....her demeanor and confidence brought me to tears. She said everyone...instructors and students were all so nice. Just an awesome experience!
Capitol Debate has made me feel more comfortable speaking and debating, and I learned to be more confident as well as think faster on my feet.
My son enjoyed both the academic challenge and the social activities. While preparing for his final debates, he was supported by an excellent, knowledgeable staff and a community of other campers who had similar goals and interests. The camp staff pays close attention to the campers' needs. They organize the campers' days carefully to encourage both academic learning and fun, social interaction. This high degree of organization and the staff's compassionate attention was key to making my son's camp experience a success.
My son Christopher has been going to the debate camp for four years, and my daughter Rachael has been there for three years. They enjoy the camp more and more every year. They admire their coaches and leaders. The kids are reserved and competitive. This is the best environment for their Summer Camp. They are always excited about meeting their friends at the camp. When their regular school ends in mid June, they would ask, mom, are we going to the debate camp this year? I can feel the excitement in them that they are chatting with their friends on the East Coast and notifying them that they are coming. My kids are happy and enjoy the camp very much.
Capitol Debate is the nation's leading expert in teaching communication skills to middle school and high school students. Our nationally recognized staff has hundreds of years of pedagogical experience in helping youth find their voice. Thousands of shy students have walked through our doors in our nearly 20 years of summer camps to become confident young adults and leaders in their community.
We have a group of accomplished educators who have taught and competed for years. Our instructors are on the leading edge of the debating & public speaking. Click here to view our full staff listing.
Our programs draw students from around the world because we focus on our resources year round to ensure that we can bring the best information to our students. Our curriculum focuses on theory and application to provide results that you will be able to see as they become better, more confident speakers.
Capitol Debateâ€™s academic summer camps are spread across the United States, from East to West as well as internationally. With such a large number of location available you're bound to find the perfect camp location for you.
Please note that all payments are nonrefundable. Should cancellation be necessary, full credit will be provided up to 1 year from the date of the event, if written notice of cancellation is provided prior to May 1st for camps and at least two weeks for other programs. Any add-ons, tournament or fees paid cannot be refunded and are non-transferrable. Summer camp cancellations received after May 1st or programs cancellations after two weeks prior to program starting must also be made in writing and will follow the cancellation credit timetables. For more details please visit our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.